• New Civilian Trauma Centers in San Antonio Would Threaten Army Hospital, Officials Say

    New Civilian Trauma Centers in San Antonio Would Threaten Army Hospital, Officials Say0

    Officials at Brooke Army Medical Center are concerned about the prospect that one or more San Antonio-area hospitals will develop a new trauma center, a move likely to cut into patient loads at Brooke’s emergency room and hamper its medical training mission. Brooke, located on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, serves as a training hub for combat physicians. Its emergency room logs 80,000 visits a year — 80 percent of them civilians, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Last week, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Johnson, Brooke’s commanding general, told the San Antonio City Council that plans by two local hospitals to build trauma centers would threaten medical readiness and the quality of care at Brooke …

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  • Combined Medical Headquarters Opens, Completing Last BRAC Recommendation0

    Officials from each of the services’ medical organizations hailed the opening of a new consolidated headquarters in Northern Virginia last week, predicting the new facility would usher in a new era in military medicine by strengthening ties between the services and allowing for joint decision making. The Sept. 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony also marked the completion of the last major BRAC recommendation from the 2005 round. The consolidation of medical command headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area was one of two major recommendations that DOD had not finished implementing as of late last year …

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